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Panasonic Lumix LF1 review




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Our Score:



  • Built-in Wi-fi connectivity
  • Wide zoom range
  • Good image quality
  • Built-in electronic viewfinder


  • Maximum aperture is a touch slow
  • LCD screen could be better
  • Slightly muted colours straight out of the camera

Key Features

  • 12.1MP 1/1.7” sensor
  • 3-inch rear display
  • 7.1x optical zoom (28-200mm)
  • ISO 80 – 6400 (12800 extended)
  • 1080p HD video at 50i
  • 3-inch, 920k-dot LCD
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: £379.00

What is the Panasonic Lumix LF1?

The Panasonic Lumix LF1 is the new star of the Lumix camera range, slotting in above the Panasonic Lumix LX7. Like the LX range, the LF1 offers Raw shooting and full manual control in a compact body, but it’s more compact and has a few key differences that set it apart – including the intriguing inclusion of an electronic viewfinder (EVF).

Can it match the level of performance of its LX-series sibling? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

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Panasonic Lumix LF1 Features

Although the proposition of the LF1 is similar to that of the LX7 and other LX models before it – namely to offer advanced shooting in a compact body – there are several noticeable differences in the way in which the LF1 approaches it.

To begin with, the LF1 features a 7.1x optical zoom covering a focal range of 28-200mm in equivalent terms. Although it’s a longer range than the LX7’s 24-90mm optic, as a consequence it offers a less impressive variable maximum aperture range of f/2 – 5.9 vs. the f/1.4 – 8.0 of the LX7.

The lens is supported by Panasonic’s Power O.I.S image stabilisation system, which should ensure that the shots captured at the tele end of the zoom feature the desired level of sharpness.

At the core of the Panasonic LF1 sits a 12.1MP, 1/1.7-inch Live MOS sensor; a unit that features an extra 2MP resolution in comparison to the LX7, but with the same sensor.

Talking of noise, the sensor features an ISO range of 80 – 6400 with an extended setting of 12,800 should the shooting conditions require it.

Any noise concerns are also allayed by the presence of a newly developed Venus Engine image processing unit that, Panasonic claims, implements the latest in noise reduction and edge smoothing technology.

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One of the key characteristics of the LX range is the advanced shooting capability of the camera, and this is something the LF1 has inherited. Alongside the compact’s iAuto shooting modes sits full PASM control over settings, while the model also supports Raw image capture.

The Panasonic LF1 also supports Full HD video capture at 1,920 x 1,080 in 50i and AVCHD format, as well as 25p in MP4 output, with the former of the two supporting in camera stereo sound capture.

One of the most interesting elements of the LF1’s specification – and one that marks it out from the LX range that has gone before it – is the presence of an electronic viewfinder (EVF).

A common complaint about advanced and enthusiast compacts is the lack of any kind of viewfinder, and as a result the presence of an EVF is bound to gain the LF1 admirers.

The unit on the LF1 measures in at 0.2-inches, features a resolution of 200k-dots and offers a 100% field of view. Although this isn’t the highest-specified EVF on the market, its mere presence is more than a lot of enthusiast compacts.

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Complimenting the EVF is a 3-inch, 920k-dot TFT LCD screen that supports automatic brightness adjustment across 7 steps, although it is lacking in any kind of touchscreen functionality.

Completing the full specification is both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. These features allow for the simple transfer of images between the LF1 and either smartphone or tablet, while the Panasonic Image App allows for remote operation of the LF1 through either Android or iOS device.

Israel Magalit

April 25, 2013, 9:45 pm

"paucity of hardware controls"
Huh? The only things it loses out on versus the LX7 are the aperture ring, aspect ratio lever and focus mode lever, which most other compacts don't have either.

"You also miss out on manual zoom control"
Did you guys actually hold/use the camera??? That first photo within the article clearly shows a zoom toggle around the shutter release! Good grief!

Kym Crowley

May 12, 2013, 1:13 am

It says "manual". Not electronic. Good grief!

eug debleek

June 5, 2013, 8:04 pm

where is the GPS ,the handgrip and the touchscreen from the TZ40 ? what a mistake mister panny ! next time better ?


June 18, 2013, 11:02 pm

Wait, everyone, to see the lens resolution tests. All the official predistribution samples, and the single sample here, show subjects that only require critical sharpness at the centre. This alone suggested to me that there might be serious problems at the field corners, as there are with the Sony RX100 at full aperture. The standard test images on the Imaging Resource site www.imaging-resource.com appear to confirm this -- and they are not even taken at full aperture. Regardless of ISO levels, the centre sharpness is as good as that of competitors with similar sensors but the edges are really soft -- their comparometer allows direct comparisonswith other cameras. Look particularly at the circular slide-rule on the right with its gradually narrowing calibrations. Trusted Reviews, if you want to be trusted in future, please give us some field edge and corner test results for this model, to see whether it is a design problem, a quality control problem, or what.


June 19, 2013, 3:38 am

Panasonic need to fix this: Slightly muted colours straight out of the camera. by Firmware update.

I wish they start from 24mm, maybe will be more people buy this camera

Tom Turek

July 25, 2013, 2:27 am

The Sony RX100 is fantastic, too..yes, but..
An expert put it's 'color' at 2nd-3rd tier.


January 19, 2014, 8:15 pm

Given the very compact size of this camera, especially by comparison to the TZ40, a handgrip is not really required. Also a touchscreen on such a small camera can be a pain rather than a boon since it is too easy to touch the screen while holding and carrying it. As for GPS I suspect the additional drain on such a small battery was too great to allow its inclusion. Maybe also the space for the GPS aerial was used by the rather more useful viewfinder.

All cameras require some compromises to be made and Panasonic have got the balance about right with the LF1.


January 19, 2014, 8:22 pm

To be honest the colours are quite natural and balanced straight out of the camera. I would rather have some room for tweaking than an over processed image you can do nothing with.

The difference between 24 and 28 mm is not much in real life unless you often take images in tight spaces. Better to have more magnification available when a compromise needs to be made. The 7.1x range Panasonic have managed to squeeze into this tiny body is ideal for most users who want a carry anywhere anytime camera.


July 14, 2016, 7:50 am

The reviewer does not seem to understand that a lens offering f5.9 at 200mm is better and brighter than one offering only f 8 at 90mm !! To quote a small range of max aperture as a demerit shows total ignorance. The game is to maintain wide aperture over as much of the range as possible.

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